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Woody Herman 1963 Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (3 Jun. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal Jazz
  • ASIN: B0000631D8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Appearing on CD for the first time, Woody Herman 1963 was in fact recorded in October 1962 and launched the bandleader's Fifth Herd. Unsurprisingly, the band soon became typified as The Swinging Herd: it may have been less historically significant or ground-breaking than Herman's 1940s outfits, but it had no equals when it came to crackling intensity and sheer élan. Powered by a mighty rhythm section comprising drummer Jake Hanna, bassist Chuck "The Arm" Andrus and pianist Nat Pierce (who was also a top-flight arranger) the band was awash with adventurous and articulate young soloists and boasted a trumpet section, led by Bill Chase, fit to rank with the very best. But the star was tenorist Sal Nistico, to whom Herman later attributed "the best time conception of any musician in my whole experience". Immediate proof of that is enshrined Horace Silver's "Sister Sadie", a glorious stomper that serves as a litmus test: it can safely be said that if this doesn't knock you out, jazz is not for you. Equally impressive in their different ways are "Mo-lasses", Ellington's "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" and a wailing "Camel Walk" that rounds things off in unimprovable fashion. Woody Herman 1963 was the first of a string of wonderful albums by the band, and they ought all to be reissued on CD before long; meanwhile, don't waste a moment in adding this to your shopping basket. --Richard Palmer

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Although this is a good album I have an 'LP' titled 'Encore 1963 The best band of the year'
which i condsider one of the best.Titles include;
Watermelon man
Body and soul
Jazz me blues
This was recorded live at Basin Street west Hollywood but to my knowledge it has not been put onto CD
If you like this album you will love the one I have mentioned if you can track it down????
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites 3 Sept. 2009
By Mark A. Geisler - Published on
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Wow, where do I start? As a trombonist, this was my first exposure to Phil Wilson on record. Love the coming out of nowhere intro to his solo on "Camel Walk." Just hearing how he nails that double high B flat at the end of "Lonesome Old Town" is alone worth the price of the CD.

You can still get this single CD, but all of Woody's early 1960s Philips recordings are available in one boxed set from mosaic. If you are a Woody Herman fan, getting this CD or the boxed set would be one of the best investments you would ever make!

This band is just as good, if not better, than the "Four Brothers" band and those from the 70s that included the likes of Jim Pugh, Frank Tiberi, and Andy LaVerne.
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Herd! 9 Mar. 2015
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This is my favorite album of my favorite of Herman's Herds. The stand-up Herd. Chase, Nistico and co. really swing, and cook on numbers like Sister Sadie. I could not find this on CD for years, and only had my old LP to listen to when I happened to have a turntable. You can't go wrong with this one, a truly great big band album.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it really is THAT good. 22 Feb. 2003
By Lawrence A. Schenbeck - Published on
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Great recording of an incredible organization at its peak. Other reviewers here have praised Bill Chase, Nat Pierce, and Jake Hanna, rightfully so. But let's also give a shout-out to Phil Wilson, whose solo on "It's a Lonesome Old Town" begins with one of the all-time greatest trombone licks and goes on from there, exploiting the instrument's resources like nobody's business. Just amazing.
And something indefinable must have been added by The Old Man too, because this is not merely a collection of great soloists. They really, really swing hard. Beautiful ensemble playing at all dynamic levels--and there are many--which gave this Herd the strength of an army.
I listened to this in my car on the way home from work yesterday, and by the time the CD got to "Sig Ep" (talk about Woody's knack for just the right tempo) I was dancing in my seat. Buy this, children, and you will learn some more of what a great band can do -- even if you've already had lessons from the Count and the Duke.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best bands 23 Mar. 2017
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Straight ahead big band jazz.
5.0 out of 5 stars A sixties jazz classic 12 Nov. 2016
By STEPHEN - Published on
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Love the music, couldn't find my CD that I'd already had, so needed to be sure I have it in my collection.
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